Raritan Bay Union
It was started by Marcus Spring and Rebecca Buffum (1812-1911). Maud Honeyman Green writes: "The Union established a progressive boarding school that was a pioneer in co-education. Girl students were encouraged to speak in public, engage in sports, and act in plays, activities that were frowned upon in other schools. Abolitionists Angelina Grimké and Sarah Grimké were teachers in the school which was run by Angelina’s husband, Theodore Weld. Several other noted reformers came to teach and lecture at the school. The Welds’ school operated until about 1861, but it isn’t known how long the Union itself endured."
Others who lived at Raritan Bay Union included Charles Kingsley, Caroline Kirkland and James G. Birney The early women's rights activist Clarina I. H. Nichols left her two youngest children at Raritan Bay Union when she set out with the New England Emigrant Aid Society for Kansas Territory in 1855.
- http://www.concordlibrary.org/scollect/Thoreau_Surveys/116.htm Thoreau Survey of Eagleswood
- Eickhoff, Diane (2006). Revolutionary Heart: The Life of Clarina Nichols and the Pioneering Crusade for Women's Rights. Kansas City: Quindaro Press. p. 109. ISBN 9780976443445.
- New York Times; August 22, 1874; Obituary; Marcus Spring
- Richard C. S. Trahair; Utopias and Utopians: An Historical Dictionary ISBN 0-313-29465-8
- Maud Honeyman Green, "Raritan Bay Union, Eagleswood, New Jersey," Proceedings of the New Jersey Historical Society, Vol. 68, No. 1 ( January, 1950)
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